What are the best action RPG games on Steam?

Action RPGs diverge from the traditional turn-based combat in favor of a real-time, action-focused one. If you're interested in playing some of these, here are some of the best RPG games on Steam that you could check out.

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    #1The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is an action-adventure role-playing game created by CD Projekt RED. It is the 3rd and probably final installment to the popular Witcher series and is considered by many to be one of the best action RPG games of all time.


    Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One


    Arthur Mason
    Written on June 18, 2019
    "The Witcher series has been one of the most popular games in the past decade and this last installment is a great send-off to the character of Geralt and we all know and love and have been a part of his journey since the first game."
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    Bastion is an indie game that features roguelike and dungeon crawler elements. The game has an innovative system which features a reactive narrator who marks all your moves. It is one of the best action RPG games on stream that you can play right now.


    Windows, iOS, Mac, PlayStation 4


    Bruce Yang
    Written on June 18, 2019
    "This indie game has been out for a few years now and I would still recommend that you give this one a playthrough. From the action-filled gameplay to the well-written story, this game is definitely worth it."
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    #3Titan Quest

    Titan Quest

    Titan Quest is an action RPG that is available on Steam. It features a mythological background wherein a player will explore ancient civilizations like Greece, Egypt, Babylon, and China, fight against legendary creatures and get special items to complete your quest.


    Windows, Android


    Jordan Fields
    Written on June 18, 2019
    "It was nice to experience and play this game again with slightly better graphics and performance. It also includes all expansion packs which makes it one of the best RPG games on Steam right now and is a great deal for the price."


Did you know that the original form of role-playing games, abbreviated to RPG, were called tabletop role-playing games and is conducted through discussion, die rolls, character sheets, and a gamemaster’s guidance? Authors and publishers of tabletop role-playing games consider them to be a form of collaborative and interactive storytelling wherein events, narrative structures, and characters are considered important aspects of the experience altogether. Most tabletop RPGs are often played by a small group of people describing their respective characters’ actions and a designated gamemaster, shortened to GM, decides the outcome of the actions based on a die roll or his own choices.

Another version of RPG is called live-action roleplay, which is played more like an improvisational theatre, having its participants act out their respective characters’ actions instead of describing them. Oftentimes, its participants are costumed and use appropriate costumes and prop weapons. Electronic RPGs, arguably the most popular form of role-playing games, are played on a digital platform where the GM’s role is given to the game’s coding and in-game percentages that determine the outcome of events and its story. What mostly separates electronic RPGs from its tabletop counterparts are its ability to let players choose between single-player or multiplayer game modes, all of which are available on the market.

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    #4Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen

    Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen

    Dragon's Dogma Dark Arisen set the players in an epic medieval fantasy open world with three AI that will help you as companions that receive the name of Pawns. It is one of the most well-received and best action RPG games on Steam right now.


    Windows, PlayStation 4


    Larry Carlson
    Written on June 18, 2019
    "This has that Dark Souls vibe to it with how it plays and that is not a bad thing. I would definitely recommend this to any Dark Souls fan."
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    #5The Elder Scrolls: Morrowind

    The Elder Scrolls: Morrowind

    The Elder Scrolls: Morrowind is an epic, open-ended single-player RPG game on Steam. It allows you to create and play any kind of character and play it however you want. You can choose to follow the main storyline or set off on your own adventure.


    Windows, Mac, Windows


    Kevin Andrews
    Written on September 22, 2017
    "Excellent game; it really takes all the good parts of Skyrim and rolls it into a pretty immersive version of an MMORPG. I think progression is a little slower than I'd like, but I'm gathering Obsidian makes a good deal of their recurring income through this, so I can kind of see how this is good for them. Despite that, it's still very engaging, and tremendously fun."
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    #6Torchlight II

    Torchlight II

    Torchlight II is an action role-playing game that captures all the flavor and excitement of the original game, while expanding the world and adding the features players wanted most, including online and LAN co-op multiplayer. 


    Windows, Mac


    Ken Wu
    Written on June 18, 2019
    "This game was always thought of to be a Diablo clone but it's so much more than that. If you like that Diablo-style gameplay, then, this is one of the best RPG games on Steam that you should try out."
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    #7Salt and Sanctuary

    Salt and Sanctuary
    Salt and Sanctuary is a 2D action role-playing video game for PlayStation 4, Windows, Mac, and Linux computers. It was developed and published by Ska Studios and was released on May 18, 2016.

    Windows, Mac, PlayStation 4, Linux


    Mary Dunn
    Written on March 26, 2017
    "It's a ton of fun, a great challenge, and a wonderful new take on the Souls formula, with plenty of its own tricks to make it original and fun on its own merits. The couch co-op seals the deal, though online multiplayer would also be nice"
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    #8The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

    The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
    The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings is an RPG sandbox with a lot of choices and adventures. You play as Geralt of Rivia a witcher in a medieval and fantastic world.

    Windows, Mac


    Gregory Franklin
    Written on May 11, 2017
    "I was uncertain at first thinking this was not a good resource but actually it is. There is a video, a game description and list of system requirements. The only negative, and it's not really a problem, is that you have to input your birth-date to continue. It then gives you the needed info. OK. "
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    #9Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines

    Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines
    This is an action role-playing video game based on White Wolf's role-playing game Vampire: The Masquerade and follows either a male or female character who is killed and subsequently revived as a fledgling vampire.



    Shaurya Khan
    Written on April 3, 2017
    "Yes, another good example of a action RPG game on Steam. But again, instead of just seeing an example game of that genre I would like to see more. Why the game Vampire is worth to mention among all those other games?"
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    #10Hyper Light Drifter

    Hyper Light Drifter
    Hyper Light Drifter is an stylistic indie action RPG developed by Heart Machine. The gameplay is a mashup of 8-bit and 16-bit action role playing games mechanics similar in style to Zelda games.

    Windows, Mac, PlayStation 4


    Han Han
    Written on June 18, 2019
    "This is one dark and atmospheric game with a satisfyingly hard difficulty. You have to play it to really appreciate its charms."
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    Transistor is a science fiction action, indie, and RPG game where the player takes on the role of the character Red as she travels through a series of locations, fighting against her enemies known as the Process. It is developed and published by Supergiant Games.


    Mac, Windows, iOS, PlayStation 4


    Megan Brooks
    Written on June 18, 2019
    "You don't often see the heroine taking the lead in games but that has slowly been changing with each game release every year. The gameplay is solid and the story is interesting which makes one of the best RPG games on Stream that I have played."
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    #12Dark Souls III

    Dark Souls III

    Dark Souls III is a dark action RPG video game which is the fourth installment in the Souls series developed by FromSoftware and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. This game is the fastest selling game in Bandai Namco's history. 


    Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One


    Irma Mondragón
    Written on January 21, 2017
    "Dark Souls III is the third installment in an action-packed series of role playing games. Embrace the darkness and venture into a universe where you must defeat enemies and learn to conquer different environments."
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    #13Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin

    Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin

    Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin is an action and RPG games that brings obscurity & gripping gameplay to a new level. It was developed by FromSoftware, Inc and published by BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment and FromSoftware, Inc.


    Windows, Xbox One


    Amber Reid
    Written on September 22, 2017
    "DARK SOULS II: Scholar of the First Sin will not disappoint you. If you have played any of the other Dark Souls games, you know how great this series is. I would highly recommend it!"
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    Gauntlet is a co-op action role-playing video game where four players must battle against monsters, bosses, traps, and so on. It was developed by Atari Games and was initially released in 1985 for Windows PC and Sony PlayStation 4 consoles.


    Windows, PlayStation 4


    Emma Aguilar
    Written on January 26, 2017
    "I've been bored with the games I've been playing lately, so I was browsing the RPG games on steam. I found Gauntlet: Slayer, and have been having a lot of fun with it. I play with three of my friends and we've been having a great time competing against each other in this game."
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    #15Vampire: The Masquerade - Redemption

    Vampire: The Masquerade - Redemption
    This is a role-playing video game based on White Wolf's role-playing game Vampire: The Masquerade. This game follows Christof Romuald's journey in search of his humanity and his kidnapped love, the nun Anezka. 



    Robert Castillo
    Written on February 19, 2017
    "This is a pretty decent aRPG. I had a lot of fun playing it, but I don't think it's for everyone. It's quite graphic."
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    #16FORCED: Showdown

    FORCED: Showdown
    Forced: Showdown is an action rogue-like Galactic Game Show, that uses deck-building elements for character progression. Battle hordes of brutal foes to become a superstar in C-SAR's ever-changing action game show.

    Mac, Windows


    Dennis Armstrong
    Written on January 23, 2017
    "FORCED Showdown is a hard game to explain really. Some people describe it as a bullet hell game but it's really not (it's nowhere near that cheap) it's rouge-like but with a deck-building aspect and the concept sounds like it should be FTP but it's not and it works well because of it."
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    #17NieR: Automata

    NieR: Automata

    NieR: Automata is an action game with RPG elements. The plot is about androids 2B, 9S and A2 and their battle to reclaim the machine-driven dystopia overrun by powerful machines.


    Windows, PlayStation 4


    Zhou Zhu
    Written on June 18, 2019
    "It's hard to describe this game in just a few words. It takes a lot of gameplay elements and tries to combine it into one and for the most part, succeeds. If not for the jumpy performance on PC, this would have been an amazing experience."
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    #18The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is an action role-playing game, playable from either a first or third-person perspective. The player may freely roam over the land of Skyrim, which is an open world environment. 


    Windows, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch


    Kevin Chen
    Written on June 26, 2017
    "I liked this game a lot. It takes place in a fantasy world with magic and many different kinds of creatures. It's very fun and has tons of content and a massive open world with many, many quests to undertake. This is one of the most fun action rpgs you can play. Can't go wrong with this one. I highly recommend it for hours of fun and questing."
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    #199th Dawn II

    9th Dawn II

    9th Dawn II is the second part of the famous RPG 9th Dawn. In this open world role-playing game you will be exploring the world of Caspartia while embracing fierce enemies and discovering new quests.  


    Android, Windows, iOS


    Daniel Cruz
    Written on January 24, 2017
    "This mobile RPG is provided me with countless hours of entertainment. It's a very deep game and includes a very well made story line to play through. It also features multiplayer game play so if you get tired of solo action you can engage with friends to play!"
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    Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas is an action adventure RPG where players explore dungeons, fight monsters and find new equipment that makes them stronger and allows them to advance further in their adventures.


    Windows, iOS, Android


    Jennifer Guerrero
    Written on January 17, 2017
    "I like the idea of taking the standard RPG dungeon exploring games under the water. I've never seen it done before and it adds a unique aspect to a classic gaming style. I don't typically play this kind of game but the ocean setting makes me more interested in what sort of adventures I could get into. Though I do think there is a lot of competition in this genre and there are probably several other games I might try first before this one."
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    #21System Shock 2

    System Shock 2

    System Shock 2 is a first-person action role-playing video game, the sequel to System Shock and one of the most famous video games ever. It was developed by Irrational Games and Looking Glass Studios and was published by Nightdive Studios.


    Windows, Mac


    Vishal Kadam
    Written on October 3, 2017
    "Any fan of the BioShock series should give System Shock 2 a try. It has a great story, tense horror scenes, and deep gameplay mechanics, and in some ways it outclasses Ken Levine's newer games."
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    FORCED is an indie multiplayer cooperative video game for PC and Mac developed and published by BetaDwarf. It can have 1 up to 4 players to play this tactical arcade with puzzles, RPG and dungeon crawling altogether.

    Windows, Mac


    Ishan Kapoor
    Written on July 5, 2017
    "I had never heard of this game, but Steam recommended this for me. I installed it and played it. It was quite fun. I especially liked the multiplayer capabilities of this game. "
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    #23Game of Thrones

    Game of Thrones
    Game of Thrones is a game based on HBO's hit show and George R.R. Martin's books where you experience an adventure in a fascinating universe. You'll have to find a way to survive amongst the conspiracy and betrayal around the Iron Throne.



    Hannah Perry
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "I gave this a try because I was advised to by my friends. It is an interesting game. However, I got tired of playing it fairly quickly. I can see why it would appeal to some people, though."
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    Nioh is a historical action role-playing game being developed by Team Ninja. The story takes place in the early 1600s Japan during the Sengoku period. An Irish-English sailor named William is enlisted by Hattori Hanzo to defeat the yōkai.


    PlayStation 4, Windows


    John Chen
    Written on June 18, 2019
    "Trying to mix western and eastern sensibilities is not something new and plenty of others have tried it before. Nioh has tried to do the same and succeeds in its efforts."
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    #25Middle-earth: Shadow of War

    Middle-earth: Shadow of War

    Middle-earth: Shadow of War is an open-world action RPG video game based on the fictional Tolkien's universe and is the sequel of Middle-earth: Shadows of Mordor.


    Windows, PlayStation 4


    Benjamin Williams
    Written on June 18, 2019
    "Any Lord of the Rings fan will already know about this great game. For those who don't, all you have to know is that it features great graphics, satisfying action, and a good story that anyone can enjoy."
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    #26Marvel Ultimate Alliance

    Marvel Ultimate Alliance

    Marvel Ultimate Alliance is an action role-playing game, set in Marvel Universe. Create a superhero alliance team interact with over than 140 characters and battle against the world's most evil super enemies.


    Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One


    Amanda Martin
    Written on February 14, 2018
    "Now that everyone is all into Marvel movies, it makes sent to have an Ultimate Marvel game. This is an all envolving role playing version. Be sure and play at a house where a mom who is willing to make sandwiches, is home, so you don't starve to death while playing. "
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    #27Fallout 4

    Fallout 4
    Fallout 4 is a role-playing video game created by Bethesda Game Studios. It was released in 2015 and is the fifth in the game series. In the game, the player needs to find his missing son in the monster-infested post-apocalyptic wasteland.

    Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One


    Virginia Willis
    Written on May 1, 2017
    "If you like RPG games then you should check out Fallout 4. It has a ton of action and is really fun to play. You have to explore a world that had a nuclear disaster. You are constantly fighting for you life. The game is great and it is also available on Steam. "
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    #28Lords Of The Fallen

    Lords Of The Fallen

    Battle against giant monsters and survive dangerous challenges in this 3D RPG game. You will have to craft your own powerful weapons and armor, on your journey to become the ultimate warrior. 


    Windows, Android


    Bruce Green
    Written on February 23, 2017
    "This game looks really interesting. I'm going to add it to my wishlist and wait for a sale. I'm excited to challenge my skills with this dark looking game. "
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    #29Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2

    Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2

    Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 is an action-adventure RPG game, and the sequel of Marvel: Ultimate Alliance. The plot is set on the Marvel publications "Secret Wars" and "Civil War". 


    Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One


    Larry Collins
    Written on February 11, 2018
    "The graphics on this are fantastic. While it still looks like a game and not "real life," it is pretty close to a well-animated film. The action is engaging and relentless. Players have the ability to control either four good guys or four bad guys, which is an interesting switch. It's most fun when playing along with friends. "
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    #30ARK: Survival Evolved

    ARK: Survival Evolved

    ARK: Survival Evolved is an open world action-adventure survival game set on an island full of dinosaurs and primitive creatures. You can create tribes with other players and even start faction wars. It was published by Studio Wildcard.


    Windows, Mac, PlayStation 4, Android, iOS


    Albert King
    Written on July 2, 2017
    "ARK: Survival Evolved has a cool concept, looks good with a powerful system, and has a lot of things to do. It also has bugs, lots and lots bugs, and a developer that can scarcely be bothered to fix them. This game is fun if you have a mod sever to play it on, and lots of patience but if you don't.... don't waste you time."
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    #31Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation

    Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation

    Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation is a role-playing video game developed by Heartbeat and published by Enix for the Dragon Quest series. The story follows the traditional Dragon Quest "Hero" on a quest to save the world. 


    Amazon, Android, iOS

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Best What are the best action RPG games on Steam
1The Witcher 3: Wild HuntGames 56 Paid
2BastionGames 49 Paid
3Titan QuestGames 47 Paid
4Dragon's Dogma: Dark ArisenGames 46 Paid
5The Elder Scrolls: MorrowindGames 45 Paid
6Torchlight IIGames 44 Paid
7Salt and SanctuaryGames 39 Paid
8The Witcher 2: Assassins of KingsGames 39 Paid
9Vampire: The Masquerade - BloodlinesGames 37 Paid
10Hyper Light DrifterGames 33 Paid

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